Many of us associate Spring with flowers and warmer weather but, Spring is also maple syrup season. Mrs. Colorito and her students have taken on the task of making maple syrup. They are using this activity to make a real life connection and application in science, social studies, math and family and consumer science. The students have learned how to identify the tree, tap a tree for its sap and monitor and measure sap collection the last step will be to boil the sap to make syrup. Mrs. Colorito and her students are looking forward to tasting the end result and making this a new spring time tradition.
A group of 8th grade students from the junior high had the opportunity to visit the Beaver County Career and Technology Center (BCCTC) to explore options regarding their future plans for high school and beyond. Students were taken on a tour to preview the large variety of programs that are offered to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Some of these courses include nursing, cosmetology, veterinary assistant, welding, and H-VAC, among many others. This tour provided these students with a glimpse of potential career opportunities they can prepare for while still in high school. The students gave feedback and resounding approval of the experience making statements such as, “I can’t wait until I can sign up” and, “This looks like so much fun!” It was encouraging and inspiring to see how excited these students were to begin preparing for their futures. Special thanks go out to Mrs. Bober and Ms. Scaletta for chaperoning and orchestrating this awesome opportunity, Mrs. Colorito and Mrs. Crawford for volunteering as additional chaperones, and to the BCCTC for being such gracious hosts!
The attraction of molecules at the surface of a liquid is called surface tension.
The polarity of water molecules can help explain why water has a strong surface tension.
Students will observe several phenomena related to the polarity of water molecules. They will observe a demonstration of a paper clip being placed on the surface of water.
Water has some peculiar properties, but because it is the most common liquid on Earth, we typically do not recognize how truly peculiar water really is. Water is everywhere. It's in the air we breathe. It's in our sink faucets, and it's in every cell of our body. Water is an unusual substance with special properties.
What property(ies) of water allows the paperclip to rest on the surface of the water?
Its surface tension. Water has a high surface tension caused by the strong cohesion between water molecules, and acts sort of like a magnet with holding power
On January 30, 2014 the Junior High 8th Grade Honors Student culminated a five month long project with the 17th Annual Science Fair Awards Ceremony. The students did a fantastic job and on March 28 the top 20 Junior High projects will attend the annual Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair and compete against over 1000 other students.
This years winners were Bethany Hartman & Cassie Lodivico with Best of Show. 1st Runner-up Was Jaida Syrek, 2nd Runner-up was Alex Fetkovich, and 3rd Runner-up was Jason Lambert.
Mr. Ayers and Mr. Olenic were recently awarded an Elementary/Middle School science equipment grant from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. The grant will be used to purchase 30 compact digital scales to be used in conjunction with the STEM day project at Economy Elementary School in April of 2014.
During the STEM day the 7th & 8th grade honors science students will be teaching the 3rd graders in various STEM projects/lessons. We hope this program will enable the students to learn about chemistry, math, and technology. These scales will be used directly for a density station. We believe that using labs and hands on experiences, especially for the younger students, will enhance their interest in STEM. As soon as we receive the scales we plan on using them in our science classes as well as in the technology education classrooms. Congrats to Mr. Ayers and Mr. Olenic!
Several Ambridge High School Interact Club members along with Junior High Students from Mrs. Colorito's classroom spent the day being Santa's little helpers at Economy Elementary during the PTA's Santa Shop. The students enjoyed assisting the "shoppers" and making sure their gifts were wrapped for under the Christmas tree. Many of the older students reminisced about their own excitement of the Santa Shop when they were in elementary school. They seemed to find the same amount of joy watching the new generation of students pick out the perfect gift for the family members who were on their Christmas list. (An added bonus was getting to pay a visit to Santa!)